Grateful Dead Live at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1987-06-27
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AUD> Nakamichi 300 microphones> Sony D5 deck> master cassette; Playback/CD Transfer: Master cassette played on Denon DRM740 and fed to Tascam CDRW700; Recorded, transferred by Scott Bille; Eac(secure)> Shn by Greg Kerbel; Seeded through the 80\'s Audience Perma-Tree, BUDD, Philzone; see flaw notes in info file
- 2004-07-12 09:39:16
- Master cassette played on Denon DRM740 and fed to Tascam CDRW700; Recorded, transferred by Scott Bille; Eac(secure)> Shn by Greg Kerbel; Seeded through the 80\'s Audience Perma-Tree, BUDD, Philzone; see flaw notes in info file
- East Troy, WI
Subject: Great Wharf Rat
It will (like the rest of the show) lull you to sleep, but its got a sadness and innocence that I can relate to-its about as close as I've ever been to Jerry. This is also a version in which I believe Jerry forgets the lyrics. If you listen very carefully (it comes in much better on my cassette) at the 1:20 mark, someone (Bobby?) is reminding Jerry of the words to the next verse: "my name....my NAME". This version makes me want to be a hobo right smack in the middle of Fisherman's Wharf.
The rest of the show is serviceable. I've never even listened to the 1st set-I'm a 2nd set kind of guy. The Terrapin is sweet and the Black Muddy encore is gut wrenching. Alot of people (see the compendium) see this show as a failure-but I don't/ Its a good honest show, I just think Jerry is incredibly high. And there is no soundboard that I know of..happy lisetning.
Subject: Porn Show!
Also a crowd cheer during Friend of the Devil is the result of a guy crossing the stage from Phil's side to in front of Jerry. Phil makes note during Tom Thumb Blues with the comment "security don't need you..."
Subject: Alpine valley parking lot became woodstock for 4 or 5 days. People came a day early. It was packed as far as an eye could see,There must have been close to 200,000 that year in 4 days
Subject: Worth hearing, but the first show is much more vital.
Ummm... I'm assuming the "BMRiver" is just out of sequence, and that's the encore... I've always really enjoyed hearing this, why was it dropped for several years? Ironically, it almost appropriately became the last song the band ever would play together, til Phil covinced the boys to send the sagging crowd with an uplifting "Box."
2nd Set: "Uncle" is smooth and consistently engaging. There's no outro jam as it we move on to "Playing." It's all good stuff but nothing approaching jammy-jams found later in the decade. "Terrapin" is strong and potent which segues into "Drums." They pass, as they do, and we're left with a pleasant two minute period where we're just waiting for Jerry to allow the noodling "Truckin's" theme to become the actual song. The song starts out blandly, but picks up steam and makes for a nice climax at 7:30. "TOO" feels rushed. "Wharf" is fine, but the band's going through the motions, even if the motions are slightly stronger than average. "Lovelight" goes down awfully well, tho I prefer the Greek's version.
Subject: ...Since I first left home...
These runs of Alpine shows were later written up in "Relix" as the specific culmination point in time that the Grateful Dead had regained many things that had been lost during the early '80s. All 3 nights were good, but a careful ear put to this second night will yield that golden nectar we all yearn for today.
The sound on these shows is pretty normal for what I've come to expect for audience taped music. The first set is very good for the Grateful Dead, 5 Stars! The second set I love because I was there and EXPERIENCED it, but for the casual listener, it will be a 3 star. Overall this set gets 4 stars.
Subject: I love Alpine Valley...
"Pretty fuckinl wild, ain't it?" he says, and hands me a bottle of Jose Cuervo. I take a swig, he takes a swig, we high five, and off he goes...and that's how my first Let It Grow started.
The second set is full of what the Dead were about in '87. Not a lot of segue jammin', but internal jams within songs were ferocious, and the songs were generally nailed to the wall with authority.
The Terrapin is mesmerizing. I remember the security guards on the walls surrounding Alpine all stopped scanning the scene outside and just watched the stage for awhile...
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